By Mary Kathryn Woods
July 03, 2015

In honor of the 4th of July tomorrow, we’re delving into the many flavors and styles of barbecue this #FlavorFriday. So, what’s your favorite barbecue flavor? Thick and spicy? Thin and tangy? We have entire collections of recipes dedicated to highlighting Mouthwatering Barbecue Sauces and Gourmet Barbecue Rubs, but that doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Fancy Barbecue Sauce

In some cases, soft drinks can surprisingly add a special flavor to barbecue. For instance, these Grilled Beef Ribs are braised in Coca-Cola and brushed in a homemade barbecue sauce before grilling to create a smoky-sweet taste. Cola is also the star ingredient in this simple-to-fix Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork recipe and these Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork

For a fruity barbecue taste, add raspberry preserves to bottled barbecue sauce to create this Raspberry-Barbecue Chicken. Similarly, in this recipe, the sweet flavor of apricot jam gives the chicken a fresh, fruit flavor. If you’re a fan of chipotle-flavored barbecue, check out our recipes for Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches and Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Barbecue flavor and style also varies by region. Check out this gallery of the hottest regional styles to find your favorite authentic regional barbecue flavor. As an Alabama-native, I might be partial to this regional favorite, but my sauce of choice is easily this white barbecue sauce.

So, what’s your favorite flavor of barbecue? Share with us on Twitter and Facebook! Happy barbecue sampling!